Morning CheckUp: May 18, 2012

Sebelius will still give speech at Georgetown: “Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will speak about public service at a ceremony for some Georgetown graduates Friday despite furor over the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.” [The Hill]

Republican infighting over health care continues: “Rather than sending out news releases or rushing to cable TV for a rant, conservatives blasted House Republican leadership on a private Google email group called The Repeal Coalition. […] The behind-the-scenes fight among Republicans richly illustrates why House GOP leadership is so cautious, sensitive and calculating when it comes to dealing with the conservative right.” [Politico]

Massachusetts Senate approves health care cost-cutting plan: “In a step that lawmakers said would put Massachusetts on the leading edge of health care cost control, the Senate on Thursday night passed a bill estimated to trim $150 billion over 15 years from medical care costs by setting a growth target and encouraging providers and insurers to adopt alternative payment and care delivery models.” [Boston Herald]

House panel approves State funding bill with anti-abortion rule: “On abortion, the bill cuts off all funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and reinstates the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule. The rules says that all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. funding must refrain from performing or promoting abortion services.” [The Hill]

Researchers study gene changes behind breast cancer: “Scientists have mapped the complete genetic codes of 21 breast cancers and created a catalogue of the mutations that accumulate in breast cells, raising hopes that the disease may be able to be spotted earlier and treated more effectively in future.” [Reuters]

Arizona eyes new role on health insurance reviews: “Arizona is one of more than two dozen states challenging the federal health care overhaul, but Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration is moving to implement part of the contested law by reviewing health insurance rates to see if they should be labeled unjustifiably high. State officials say it’s better for insurers and consumers if the work is done locally and not left to Washington.” [Arizona Capitol Times]